From: AW Clarke, Wold Croft, Sutton on Derwent, York.
I FEEL that Edward McMillan-Scott and Rebecca Taylor, both Lib Dem MEPs, cannot be allowed to crow about how much the EU is contributing to the region in various ‘grants’ etc (Yorkshire Post, December 16). Firstly, one has to remind them that, far from providing largesse from some amazing money machine, the EU are merely redistributing our own (UK taxpayers’) money.
It is difficult to ascertain exactly how much is given to the EU coffers by the UK. There are many figures produced by various organisations but, whatever the final sum is, you can be sure the money back is nothing like the money given. One has to ask why we should give so much of our income to a set of faceless individuals to redistribute as largesse for which we should be grateful.
Why not let our own government give the funds to the areas they consider suitable without resorting to the bureaucrats of Brussels?
The costs engendered by the huge money pit that is the EU has gone on for years with no evidence that it will ever stop increasing. I am astounded that there has not been more repercussions in some places at the high-handed way the various countries are treated if they should incur the officials’ displeasure. Lately we have been described as a “nasty country” by some unelected panjandrum who is, no doubt, being very well remunerated for his trouble.
I am afraid that the MEPs of Europe have little voice against the colossal machine that is the EU and that the whole of Europe have been taken for fools for too long.
As far as I can see, the whole organisation is a huge con trick providing colossal rewards to faceless individuals, many of whom would have had little hope, on merit, of such a luxurious life style in their own homelands.
From: David Cook, Parkside Close, Cottingham, East Yorkshire.
I AM baffled how David Blakeborough (Yorkshire Post, December 10) thinks we’ll be weaker without the EU. He talks of the very significant grants we receive as members. Where does he think the money comes from?
Surprise, surprise we put in far more than we take out. An immediate saving of millions of pounds.
If we do pull out will the Germans refuse to sell us their cars? Would the French wish to build a mountain of dairy produce rather than trade with us? Would we no longer see Italian wine in our shops?
Rather unlikely, I would think. Also how nice to have our fishing waters back.
Neither would trade with the Commonwealth or the USA alter much either way.
Finally we would no longer have to comply with EU regulations regarding the deportation of foreign criminals and our borders would be under our control.
Convinced, David Blakeborough?
From: David T Craggs, Shafton Gate, Goldthorpe, Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
ANOTHER excellent letter by RC Curry (“Peace dividend of united Europe”, Yorkshire Post, December 7). It’s amazing how many of this country’s citizens have such short memories, forgetting what took place in Europe during the first half of the last century.
I wonder if those supporting the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union tend to be those with no experience of being bombed from the air and being starved almost into submission by the U-boat, compared to those who had that experience?
Although few now remember the 1914-18 conflict, there are many of us alive who remember the period 1939-45 when this country came within an inch of succumbing to invasion.
Few of your correspondents appear to give any thought to the effect our withdrawal would have on the Union itself.
Would it strengthen it? Doubtful.
Would it weaken it, with other countries eventually pulling out? Possibly. What would happen if the Union completely disintegrated? (As some who support withdrawal hope will eventually happen).
Would we eventually see tension across borders, ultimately leading to conflict, with weaker countries again being annexed?
Would Russia again be a military force to be reckoned with, and feared?
Another point that your correspondents fail to address is our relationship with America.
Would withdrawal from the EU draw the UK closer to that country, and if so would it make it even more difficult than at present to say no if America decides on yet another Iraq-type venture?
I suspect that it would. In fact I suspect that had America gone into Syria the UK would have again militarily supported it, with troops on the ground and a death toll that would inevitably have followed.
Regarding conflict across borders, can we totally rule out my apparently absurd suggestion that such tensions could eventually occur if Scotland votes for independence?
Unthinkable? I wonder.
When all is said and done there appears to be little love lost between the two nations at the moment.